WAFAC and SANAD ended empowerment trainings for PWDs
Nablus - With the participation of 38 disabled women and mothers of disabled persons and volunteers from the local community, Women and Family Affairs Center (WAFAC) and Sanad Society for PWDs (SANAD) achieved the first phase activities of the initiative entitled "Strengthen the Social Integration of PWDs in our Palestinian Society", which aims to contribute to the psychosocial and economic empowerment of PWDs. The first phase of the initiative focused on 17 mothers of children with disability and volunteers, who participated in a training on how to deal with autistic children, through ice breaking exercises and debriefing activities, an introduction to autism (definition, causes, symptoms), displaying methods of formal and informal assessment, identifying the objective of cases assessment, training on the basics of clinical assessment, regressive developmental disorders, forms of autism spectrum disorder, adaptive behavior and how to train the child on social interaction skills. From our belief in the importance of roles integration, the second phase of the initiative focused on training 21 disabled women and mothers of disabled persons, who had previously participated in vocational training in wool knitting and needle within a project with ASWAT Society. The training tackled topics on self-esteem, communication skills, microfinance project cycle management and the art of marketing. In addition, the training covered the basic process of marketing components, identifying marketing problems and solutions, marketing messages, determining appropriate product's price, innovative approach to promote the project, the project's capital and other related topics. Based on women needs, Dr. Nisreen Barakat was hosted for two days, to talk about reproductive health in general and the health of women with disabilities and addressing the subject of hysterectomy among women with disabilities and without disabilities. At the end of the trainings, participants recommended to conduct more meetings to improve mothers' capacity in dealing with their children, organizing an entertainment trip or activity for mothers and their children to strengthen their relationship, printing awareness leaflets tackling the training topics. In addition, holding more training in the field of marketing, because number of women has their own micro-project, but they do not possess adequate skills to market their products, due to the strong market competition. SANAD's manager thanked and expressed her appreciation and happiness in the remarkable evolution of mothers enrolled in the training. Through her observation, she noticed an improvement in how mothers of disabled children treat each other on a daily basis and how they started to share their experiences on the status of their children. She also emphasized the importance of mothers' commitment to such activities, whether in SANAD or similar centers, so that those mothers can be like a special examples; as they are mothers of special children and have to accept them no matter what are the responses from the surrounding which consequently will be reflected positively on their children. Also, she stressed on the keenness of SANAD on communicating with moms through organizing awareness campaigns, whether by arranging a series of trainings or by organizing workshops in the field of learning difficulties and occupational therapy, based on mothers' needs. In conclusion, we would like to mention that this initiative came as a supportive tool for strengthening the relationship between mothers of children with disabilities and between CBOs and DPOs to work for the benefit of PWDs through real partnerships in projects and activities and the exchange of experiences and cooperation in the planning, implementation and follow-up and as a means of psychosocial support for mothers of children with disabilities in order to strengthen them to rely on themselves and develop their coping skills with the surrounding environment and the exchange of experiences and suffering with other mothers and to overcome introversion and isolation imposed by the community, all in partnership between WAFAC and SANAD and financed by the EducAid.
 
Building Back Better – Supporting Spatial Planning in Khuza’a Municipality
Gaza, Mar 1st, 2016- UN Habitat through a partnership with Dutch Creative Industries Fund deployed a team of four planning and architectural experts from Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany for a technical exchange with Gazan planners, engineers and community representatives in the context of developing detailed local outline plans for Abu-Reida and AlNajar neighborhoods in the Municipality of Khuza’a in south eastern Gaza.
 
Education Sector Working Group organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Ramallah - On 2 March 2016 the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG), established within the Aid Coordination Structure in Palestine, took place in Ramallah at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE). The Working Group is an interactive dialogue meeting between key officials of the MoEHE and all members of the education community in Palestine, including local and international civil society and development partners.
 
Partnership agreement with Yatta Educational Directorate
ADWAR’s general director Sahar AlKawasmeh signed a partnership agreement ‘MOU’ with Educational directorate of Yatta represented by the general director Mr.Khaled Abu Sharar. The agreement was signed to confirm cooperation and partnership with Yatta Educational directorate in order to implement project activities entitled:” Supporting gender equality regarding access to education in the south Hebron hill” funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK government.
 
ADWAR signs a new project agreement to support gender equality
ADWAR’s general director Sahar AlKawasmeh signed a new project agreement entitled:” Supporting gender equality regarding access to education in the south Hebron hill” funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK government.
 
 
The Launching Of an Initiative That Supports PWDs in Nablus
Nablus - Women and Family Affairs Center (WAFAC) in partnership with SANAD Association for People with Special Needs, in Nablus city, are launching the implementation activities of the initiative entitled "Strengthening the Social Integration of PWDs in our Palestinian Society", funded by the EducAid. The initiative aims at contributing to the psycho-social and economic empowerment of mothers of PWDs through highlighting their suffering and to facilitate their involvement and integration into society and to mainstream disability issues in public life. It is worth mentioning that the initiative will be implemented over four months and focuses on mothers of children with disabilities, specifically autism problems to raise their awareness about the importance of early screening and conduct rapid intervention, integrate them in appropriate program and to provide them with mechanisms and tools that enable them to deal with their children and provide them with life skills, vocational counseling and basic project management skills that fits their abilities so they can with their mothers manage a micro project whenever its possible. It must be pointed out that this initiative comes as part of "Empowerment of DPOs Promoting WWDs Rights in the West Bank" project, which is based on a true partnership between CSOs and DPOs.
 
Right to Live Society receives Stars Impact Award 2015
Right to Live Society (RLS) received Stars Impact Award for the year 2015. The ceremony was held on 12 December during the Philanthropreneurship Forum 2015 in Versailles, France under the theme ‘New Frontiers of Philanthropy’. On behalf of RLS, Mr. Ahmed Al Helou, executive manager, attended the event and received the award. RLS provides Down syndrome and Autistic children in Gaza Strip with health care and education services. It is worth mentioning that nearly 38000 persons with disability live in the Strip, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
 
UAWC win Arab Thought Foundation Award in Economic Creativity field in 2015
Ramallah- the Union of Agricultural Work committees won Arab Creativity Award in the Economic creativity field for its project" Palestinian Land Development". UAWC's Acting Director, Fuad Abu Saif, confirmed that our success of the award-winning is considered a national achievement that encouraged us to continue our activities in Palestinian land development and reclamation especially in area "C". In addition, he stressed on the importance of the role of Arab Though Foundation, Lebanon, in promoting pride in the Arab nation’s core values and identity through its appropriate cultural programs and activities.
 
First Wool Exhibition for Women's products
With the presence of several representatives from different governmental, nongovernmental and international organizations, Roles for social change association ADWAR organized the first Wool Exhibition for Women who head their families. The exhibition aims at presenting women's products in addition to contributing in selling them.
 
A New Round of Palestinian National Debate Championship 2015

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